Abbey Road Farm has transformed its former horse arena into a rustically chic 860-square-foot tasting room. The space includes a standing bar bedecked in turquoise siding reclaimed from the horse arena, comfortable velvet and leather upholstered sofas, and three sets of French doors that open onto a patio overlooking the property. 

Located in Carlton, Oregon, Abbey Road can accommodate groups of up to 200 for a private indoor event. The property features five guest suites located in refurbished grain silos, a three-bedroom guest ranch house, a meeting and conference venue, a winery and tasting room, and a working farm, complete with donkeys, chickens, goats, ducks, llamas and alpacas.

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

Located in Oregon’s wine country, The Allison Inn and Spa is offering some new team-building options for meeting planners. Experiences include:

» Smith Teas Tasting: Claire Boyer, Smith Teamaker’s head of education, offers a hands-on class uncovering the exotic world of tea.

» Lotion Blending: Awaken the senses and heighten creativity with a hands-on lotion and essential oil-blending workshop.